Issues: Water

Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On The Veto Of Hydrofracking Legislation

Unrestricted hydrofracking activity will create a clear, present, and potentially permanent danger to the health and safety of millions of New Yorkers. Much of the Southern Tier, Central New York, the Hudson Valley, and New York City draw their water from areas that will not be fully protected by the Governor’s Executive Order. Allowing the special interest influence of the few to outweigh the public safety interests of so many is disappointing.

December 11, 2010
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Senator Dilan Praises ExxonMobil Settlement to Continue Cleanup of Newtown Creek

Oil giant to dedicate $19.5 million—of $25 million settlement for penalties, costs and restoration of local environment—to Greenpoint environmental fund

November 17, 2010
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Clean Water Flows In Tompkins County

Ithaca Journal

Slaterville Springs, 10/08/10 - Longtime Slaterville Springs residents remember what happened in 1990 when a bridge project over Six Mile Creek punctured their aquifer and left 15-to-20 homes with no water -- the county had to bring in a pump to supply residents with water for almost a year, said Tompkins County Legislator Frank Proto, R-Caroline and Danby.

October 12, 2010
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Senator Martin Malavé Dilan Applauds Newtown Creek’s Designation as a Superfund Site

The near 150-year toxic scourge that has claimed Newtown Creek—the bordering waterway between Brooklyn and Queens—ends with today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency that designates the canal as a Superfund site.The new designation follows the outcome of a series of EPA tests and samples taken over a three-month period in 2009. That report confirmed the presence of  toxic chemicals, heavy metals and petroleum products in more than 1 million cubic yards of sediment.

September 28, 2010
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Morristown Thanks Aubertine for $3.335 million in Grants

Grants save taxpayers, offset cost of sewer and garage upgrades, fund summer reading program

MORRISTOWN (September 18, 2010)—State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine met with officials and residents from the town and village of Morristown in the village’s historic library today to announce four grants totaling $3.335 million in state funding secured by the Senator for the town and village sewer project, an energy efficiency project at the town highway garage, and the town library’s summer reading program.

September 18, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

(35th District – NY) Today, Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins announced the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations. Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents.

The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9. This bill provides for a suspension, until May 15, 2011, of the issuance of new permits for the drilling of a well which utilizes the practice of hydraulic fracturing. The legislation is now awaiting action by the Assembly before it can be sent to the Governor for his support.

August 11, 2010
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PROTECTING NEW YORK’S DRINKING WATER

Senator Savino Joins Democratic Colleagues, Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to Urge Moratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water (New York, NY) Gas drilling in New York could contaminate the drinking water of more than 12 million NYC-area residents. Putting public safety over the interests of gas companies, the Senate Democratic Majority has passed legislation mandating a temporary moratorium on gas drilling (“hydro-fracking”) to ensure adequate time to research safety measures and regulations.  The Senate, on August 3, 2010, overwhelmingly passed S8129B/Thompson by a vote of 48-9.

August 11, 2010
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ADDABBO: LET’S PROTECT OUR DRINKING WATER

Senate Bill Co-Sponsored by Addabbo Mandates Moratorium to Allow for Comprehensive Study of Drilling in Marcellus Shale

Queens, NY, August 11, 2010 – Just back from the end of a rare summer session in Albany, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., reports that due largely as a result of the public support to hold off on a natural gas drilling process known as hydrofracking, the Senate passed legislation that would put a hold on hydrofracking in the state. The legislation, which now goes to the Assembly for a vote, would stop the issuing of upstate drilling permits until May 2011.

August 11, 2010
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Protecting New York's Drinking Water

Public Officials Join Actor Mark Ruffalo, Residents & Advocates to UrgeMoratorium on Gas Drilling Which Could Pollute NYC’s Drinking Water

August 10, 2010
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New York City Water Supply Protected! Natural Gas Hydrofrackers Will be Held Accountable!

NYS Senator Eric Adams joins his Majority Conference colleagues to pass hydrofracking moratorium legislation protecting New York’s watershed during a comprehensive study of the consequences of drilling in the Marcellus Shale

 NYS Senator Eric Adams states: “The New York State Senate placed public safety above special interests by passing a moratorium on gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale. We are concerned about the possibility that our State’s water supply might become contaminated by the hazardous chemicals used in the procedure known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking. The moratorium is designed to protect the health and economic well-being of millions of New Yorkers who draw their water from the affected area.

August 5, 2010
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STATEMENT FROM SENATE MAJORITY CONFERENCE LEADER JOHN L. SAMPSON

“Access to safe drinking water affects families across regions and county lines and without regard to party lines. Much of the Southern Tier, Central New York, the Hudson Valley, and New York City all draw their water from the area proposed to be explored from the Marcellus Shale. We don’t need to look any further than the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico to recognize the importance of fully understanding the impact of drilling before breaking ground. Senator Thompson’s legislation is sound policy that will keep New York’s water supply safe for all families, and I hope members from both sides of the aisle can come together to ensure any action commences according to the highest standards of accountability.”

July 20, 2010
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SENATOR ADDABBO CALLS FOR A MORATORIUM ON HYDROFRACKING IN UPSTATE WATERSHED Wants Halt to Drilling that Affects NYC Drinking Water until EPA Impact Study Is Completed

Queens, NY, July 6, 2010 – To protect the drinking water for almost nine million New Yorkers, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., is sponsoring a bill that calls for a moratorium on drilling for natural gas or “hydrofracking” in the upstate watershed.  Currently, the bill sits in the Environmental Conservation committees in both the Senate and the Assembly. It may come up for a vote in the Senate before the end of the current legislative session, scheduled to resume the week of July 12. 

July 6, 2010
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Public Hearing: Water Quality in Nassau County

Senate Standing Committee on Investigations and Government OperationsChair:    Senator Craig M. JohnsonPublic Hearing:    Water Quality in Nassau CountyPlace:    Elmont Memorial Library, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, New YorkTime:    10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.Contact:    Kent Sopris (518) 455-2622Media Contact:    Rich Azzopardi (518) 859-0586

May 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Water Board Hearing

NYC WATER BOARD SCHEDULES SIX PUBLIC HEARINGS

ON PROPOSED FISCAL YEAR 2011 WATER RATE

May 18, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Water Board Public Hearing

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/news/water_rate_public_hearings_2010.shtml

The New York City Water Board has scheduled six public hearings for the upcoming FY2011 water rate proposal: one evening hearing in each of the five boroughs and an additional afternoon hearing to take place in Manhattan.

May 4, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Sen. Foley is Joined by Community Leaders in an Effort to Increase Participation in 2010 Census

Civic leaders and activists from local communities in Suffolk County joined Senator Brian X. Foley (D – Blue Point) as he called for increased participation in the U.S Census. The 2010 Census awareness event, which took place at the Brentwood Public Library, was centered around relaying the importance of Census participation and giving community members the tools necessary to educate their friends, family, and neighbors about the Census.  

April 1, 2010
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO: PSC WRONG TO APPROVE AQUA RATE INCREASE

“As a State Senator representing many communities in the Aqua service area, and as an Aqua customer myself, I am appalled that the State’s Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a double digit Aqua rate increase which will result in higher water bills for Aqua customers.

January 20, 2010
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Testimony Of State Senator Daniel Squadron Regarding Natural Gas Drilling In The New York City Watershed

My name is Daniel Squadron and I represent the 25th Senate District in the New York State Senate. My district includes Greenpoint,Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO, Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn Heights,Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens and Gowanus in Brooklyn, and the neighborhoods of Tribeca, Battery Park City, the Lower East Side, Chinatown, the Financial District, Little Italy, SoHo and the East Village in Manhattan.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to testify today.

December 27, 2009
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SENATOR FUSCHILLO URGES PSC TO REJECT REVISED AQUA RATE INCREASE PROPOSAL

Senator Fuschillo recently wrote to the State Public Service Commission urging them to reject Aqua-New York Water's revised rate increase proposal.

Double click the file below to view a copy of Senator Fuschillo's letter to the PSC. 

File: 
Aqua rate hike-joint proposal letter - FINAL.pdf

November 4, 2009
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